Illuminati – two for the price of one!

26Jun09

Hello munchkins and munchkinettes!

This edition turns the last two weeks of Illuminati into words, what fun! Over the past two weeks Brad and Gem have looked at literal interpretations, outdated views, clever lady ducks, Buzz Aldrin – Hip Hop star, Long Johns, Beards, Solitaire, graying hair, our imminent doom and more outdated views.

Quote Unquote (unrelated to Marty Smith’s daily segment of identical name) looked at Charles Babbage’s (mathematician and general hero)  letter to Alfred Tenyson. As it turns out Babbage had a very literal interpretation of Tennyson’s poem:

“In your otherwise beautiful poem, one verse reads,

‘Every moment dies a man, Every moment one is born’.

If this were true, the population of the world would be at a standstill. In truth, the rate of birth is slightly in excess of that of death. I would suggest [that the next version of your poem should read]:

‘Every moment dies a man, Every moment 1 1/16 is born.’

Strictly speaking, the actual figure is so long I cannot get it into a line, but I believe the figure 1 1/16 will be sufficiently accurate for poetry.”

Brad and I were unanimous in the conclusion that Charles Babbage is brilliant.

Population growth is a very serious issue.

Population growth is a very serious issue.

Week two featured a quote from Buzz Aldrin, a popular Hip Hop star who you might also recognize from this little clip. Anyway, he was asked what his passion in life was and he replied ‘I have only two passions in life, space exploration and hip hop!’. You might also be interested in viewing this clip where Ol’ Buzz explains through the popular medium of Space Rap exactly what is necessary to get to the moon *Spoiler Alert* It’s a Rocket Experience.

Snoop Dog and Doc Rendezvous

Snoop Dog and Doc Rendezvous (he's got orbital rendezvous techniques)

In Factually Spurious we talked about the world ending in 2012 and the Priest Bankers who are involved. We also talked about our least favorite man –  Peter Duesburg who denies any link between HIV and AIDS. What does he suggest causes AIDS? Drugs and being Gay….and HIV medication. Honestly we thought we’d moved past this point as a society, but evidently not. He’s published books and influences people (admittedly not many, but any influence is too much influence). He’s dangerous and amazingly incorrect.

There's a man with no friends.

There's a man with no friends.

In Slightly Scientific we talked about female ducks who have evolved twisted genitals as a defence against rape. We also talked about our body maps and how it’s been suggested that we incorporates tools into it while we use them, definitely something to keep in mind for bionic limb development. We also congratulated NY for paying women for their egg donations for research. Finally, we mentioned a new heating device that incorporates water used to cool supercomputers.

We also played songs!

For Today from Jessica Lea Mayfield, a lady with a sultry voice.

Rocket Experience from Buzz Aldrin, a man with a ….. pretty much just a voice, and even then…

One Man’s Lament in a Song from The Warsaw Flowers, local voices.

Learnalilgivinalovin from Gotye, a voice Gem would love to have babies with.

If I from Leigh Stardust, another lovely local voice.

Echo Beach from Martha and The Muffins, voices Bradley would like to have babies with.

Dance Hall from Modest Mouse, tiny voices.

Into My Arms from Nick Cave, a voice everyone wants to have babies with.

There were 2 stories and some other songs but I can’t remember their names.

Lots of Love, Illuminati.

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